Schedule - Contra, English, Waltz and Calling Parties

LOCATION: All of our dances are at The Monday Club at 37 S. Maple Street, Webster Groves, MO, unless otherwise indicated.

Our Saturday contra dance is on the third Saturday, and the Waltz Party is the next day.

About once a month we have a three-dance weekend. Look for it!

See the Get the Google Calendar of Childgrove Eventsversion of this schedule

Upcoming Dances

NOTE: The weekly Calling Parties have been discontinued, but there will be occasional Calling Parties, which will be announced at dances, on the Childgrove website, on Facebook and Childgrove Discussions. Stay tuned

February 5, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Sunday February 11, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Sadie Hawkins Day
caller: Kathy Coffman

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: TuPenny Players
callers: Peter Wollenberg, Mark Rice, Karen Jackson

Saturday February 17, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Dugout Canoe
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday February 18, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: MO Possum Tamers
caller: Ted Steele

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Callers Choice Dance Cancelled (The callers want to go to the Chance Dance contra weekend in Cape Girardeau. You should too! It's really fun!)

Sunday March 4, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Hogtied
caller: Deborah Hyland

Sunday March 11, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Short List
caller: Wade Pearson

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: TuPenny Players
callers: 

Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Mound City Slickers
caller: John Coffman

Sunday March 18, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader:

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Boney Goat String Band
caller: Karen Jackson

Sunday, April 1,  2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Charlie Walden and Friends
caller: Ted Steele

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Ellen Gomez and Friends
caller: Multiple

Sunday, April 8,  2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Music Folk String Band
caller: Bob Green

Sunday, April 15,  2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: pending
caller: pending

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: Tu'Penny Players
callers: 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Campeau Creek Boys
caller: Lisa Harris

Sunday April 22, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: 

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Root Digger
caller: Jim Hemphill

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Boney Goat String Band
caller: Multiple

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Country Culture
caller: Michael Hamilton

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Sunday, May 13,  2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Martha Edwards and Friends
caller: Bob Green

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: Tu'Penny Players
callers: 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Chirps Smith, Jim Nelson
caller: Mac McKeever

Sunday May 20, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: 

Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28, 2018 MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (St Louis Contra Dance weekend)

This is a big deal. Check it out!

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: John and Libby
caller: Multiple

Sunday June 3, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:  Three Crooked Men
caller: Saree Pearson

Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Sunday June 10, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band
caller:

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance MidSummer Night Ball $15

band: Tu'Penny Players
callers: 

Saturday June 16, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:
caller:

Sunday June 17, 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: 

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band:
caller: 

 

Callers Choice: July: Roger N; Aug 3 Crooked Men; Sep: cxld.

 Past Dances

Monday, January 1, 2018 at 11am-2pm New Year's Day Potluck Brunch

Richard and Shirley Baker's house

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance CANCELLED

Our callers want to go to the Jan-Jam in Urbana, IL - we're hoping to see the rest of you there, too...

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: 3 Crooked Men
caller: Wade Pearson

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7-9:30pm Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

band: recorded music
caller: multiple

Sunday January 14, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance FREE

This Sunday's dance is a special Engagement Dance for Sarah Winstein-Hibbs, daughter of Merryl Winstein & Richard Hibbs, to John Favini. Dress up, bring party snacks, and celebrate!

band: Roger Netherton, Rich Hibbs, Keith Dudding
caller: Lauren Peckman

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7-9:30pm English Country Dance $10

band: TuPenny Players
caller: MR2 (Mark Rice and Missy Reisenleiter)

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: Meadowhawk/Matt Turino
caller: Sarah Kaiser

Sunday January 21 2018 at 7-10pm Waltz Party (Vintage Couples Dances) $10

band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
workshop leader: Bob Green

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: The Roadkill Ramblers
caller: Deborah Hyland

Saturday February 3, 2018 at 7-10pm Callers Choice Dance $7

band: Blind Pig
caller: Multiple

Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3-4:30pm Family Dance kids $3, adults with kids $5, max per family $16
        unaccompanied adults $7 (includes the Contra Dance at 7pm)

band: Ragged Robin (Billy Boyer and Martha Edwards)
caller: Bob Green and Friends

Sunday February 4, 2018 at 7-10pm Contra Dance $7

band: 32 Bartenders
caller: Dale Wilson

 

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STL_CCD events at MC
date caller band
date caller band (waltz)

 

Elsah Community Contra Dances - now on hiatus

These dances used to be on Second Saturdays in historic Farley's Music Hall in "downtown" Elsah, IL.

A great family activity! Kid-friendly dancing

kid friendlyThe Elsah dances are on hiatus at the moment, but please enjoy reading what they used to be like!

Lovely Elsah, IL is less than an hour from the Monday Club.  It's a real community dance (though lots of St Louis dancers go to it).  Kids are welcome and encouraged!

FARLEY'S MUSIC HALL
37 Mill Street, Elsah, IL

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

$8/adult, Kids are free. Donations to the Historic Elsah Society appreciated.  

Live Music, excellent callers

The Elsah Folk Dances generally took place on the second Saturday of each month. It was a family-friendly dance, to which you could bring the kids and the whole family! The events were made possible by the Historic Elsah Foundation (HEF).

Past Dances:  Folk Dance Schedule 2017

    • Singles welcomed and encouraged.
    • Couples welcomed and encouraged.
    • Families welcomed and encouraged.

May 6-7, 2017, This weekend is Elsah's Spring Festival! The village will be full of artists, vendors, walking tours, food merchants, and MAY POLE DANCING! That's right, folks, in the grass next to Farleys we will be having May Pole dances periodically throughout the day (pending no rain). For more information about the festival visit: http://www.escapetoelsah.com/elsah-spring-festival

Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30pm - May Day Dance come dance at Farleys! There will be a May Pole and The Capering Roisters (St. Louis's Cotswold morris team) will be performing at the break. This is a dance you just can't afford to miss!

band: Martha Edwards, Joe Van Riper and Justin Blackburn
caller: Valerie Young

Special appearances by your local Morris teams. Come early for the May Pole!

FALL 2017 -  Just one dance this Fall!
 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:30-9:30pm
band: RogerWilco (Billy Boyer and Roger Netherton)
caller: Valerie Young

 

elsahmap smDirections to Farley's Music Hall:

Most of us take 367 North from 270. That turns into 67.

In Alton, 67 turns left.

Continue onto Route 100, the Great River Road.

Elsah is about 10 miles north of Alton - after you pass Lockhaven start looking for it on your right. It's easy to miss!

After you turn in to Elsah, take the right fork and follow Mill Street for a few blocks. After you pass over a small bridge, Farley's Music Hall is a rectangular building painted yellow-gold on the left.

If there is no parking in front of the building, go around the block to the parking in back. The shortest way is to turn around, then take the first right. If you don't like turning around, turn left at the first possible street, small though it be. You'll go over a one-lane bridge. Then turn left again.

Find the parking lot, park, and walk down the walkway over the stream to get to the front of the building.  

English Country Dance Schedule

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Childgrove English Country Dancers
Present a Dance Series in Saint Louis, Missouri, usually (but not always - check below!) on First Mondays and Third Fridays*

What is English Country Dancing?

English Country Dancing is an easy, fun, social dance done to live classical music. Although it has a long history, it is a very alive tradition, with new dances and music being written all the time.

On First Mondays, we have a "Learn to Dance English" event from 7-9pm. This is perfect for folks who are curious and would like to try the sort of dancing you've seen in those Jane Austen movies.  Experienced dancers are highly encouraged to come for the entire evening to help the new folks have a bunch of fun, then stay and enjoy a few more complex dances later in the evening.

We also have regular English Country dances with live music on third Fridays from 7:00-9:30pm with the occasional fancy dress ball (see the schedule) thrown in.  Everyone is welcome; all dances are taught and prompted; no partner is required; come alone or bring a friend. First-timers are encouraged to come early for the simpler dances that are taught earlier in the evening.

Once a year we hold an English Country Dance Weekend called "HIGH TEA" - we bring in a national-level caller and band, and dance Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This year's weekend is August 31-September 2, 2018. It's sold out already (as of May 12, 2018) but you can read about it and think about signing up next year!

We dance in the Monday Club, a beautiful old building in Webster Groves (a most pleasant suburb of St. Louis, Missouri) with a wonderful dance space.

Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable (flat) shoes. We normally wear casual clothing at our regular dances, and dress up for the balls.

Upcoming Dances

Monday June 4, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
callers: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday June 15, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Tom Hurlbut from Muscatine, IA

Monday July 5, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
callers: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday July 20, 2018 7pm MIDSUMMER NIGHT English Country Dance $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
callers: wonderful local callers

Monday August 6, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
callers: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday August 17, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Nicholas Rockstroh from Louisville, KY

Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - High Tea English Country Dance Weekend (sold out!)

band:  The Ladies at Play from Oklahoma City,
           (Miranda Arana, Shanda Macdonald and Kathy Dagg, plus Martha Edwards from St Louis)
caller: Gene Murrow from New York City

Monday September 3, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

Friday September 21, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Conner Quinn and Missy Reisenleiter

Monday October 1, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday October 19 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: TBA

Monday November 5, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday November 16, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: TBA

Monday December 3, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday December 21 2018 7pm YULETIDE BALL  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: wonderful local callers

Past English Dances in 2018

Monday January 8, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday January 19, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: MR2 (Mark Rice and Missy Reisenleiter)

Monday February 5, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday February 16, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Peter Wollenberg, Mark Rice, Karen Jackson

Monday March 5, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday March 16, 2018 7pm HELLO SPRING BALL  $15 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: wonderful local callers

Monday April 2, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
caller: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

 Friday April 20, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller:  Jonathan Sivier from Champaign/Urbana, IL

 Monday May 7, 2018 7pm  Learn to Dance English (aka Plain and Fancy Dance) $5

music: recorded
callers: multiple

If you are new to English, or new to dancing, this is for you! Experienced dancers are encouraged to come to help the newer dancers - we'll do some more complex dances later in the evening.

  Friday May 18, 2018 7pm English Country Dance  $10 (ask about discounts)

band:  Tu'Penny Players
caller: Zoƫ Quinn from Belleville, IL

 

Google Calendar

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Waltz Parties

Renior - the Dancers

Join us once a month as we dance waltzes and other social dances in a beautiful setting.  No partner or experience is necessary. Each evening consists of a one-hour workshop followed by two hours of dancing to live music.  About 2/3 of the dances are waltzes, with the others being a mix of polka, tango, schottisch, hambo or ragtime.  For $10, you can enjoy a dance lesson, two hours of live music, and refreshments.  Please wear or bring soft soled shoes.

The dances are held at the Monday Club, 37 S. Maple, in Webster Groves. Here's a map.

6-7pm Attend a Workshop
Each month we offer a dance lesson focusing on one of these dance styles: waltz, polka, tango, schottisch, hambo or ragtime. See below for the workshop schedule.

7-9pm    Dance to the music of the Halcyon Light Orchestra
The Halcyon Light Orchestra consists of five players, Martha Edwards on violin, Tim Hirzel on flute, Justus Matthews on clarinet, Kristin Graham on keyboard, Mike Brown on bass, plus guest artists. Guest artists have included Aileen Murphy, Paul Wexler, Ben Schreiber, Paul Stamler, Paul Ovaitt, Lisa Gilbert, and Chris Voelker.

Dance Schedule

Please note the Waltz Party is on the Sunday after the Third Saturday (because we always have a contra on the third Saturday). When the first of the month is on a Sunday, it pushes the Waltz Party to the fourth Sunday. It may be easier to remember that the Waltz Party is always on the third Sunday unless the 22nd of the month is a Sunday. If the 22nd is a Sunday, that's a Waltz Party night!

May 20, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman
June 17, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
July 22, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
August 19, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
September 16, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
October 21, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
November 18, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green
December 16, 2018 Workshop: Waltz
Leader: Lauren Peckman or Bob Green

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